about the book
In her day, she wasn’t allowed to go to college or become a politician or even vote. Why not? She wasn’t a felon or an illegal immigrant or anything. It wasn’t because of anything specific to her.
No, she couldn’t do those things because she was a woman. No woman in America in her day had any of those rights. It was illegal.
Well, Elizabeth decided she didn’t like this, not one bit. She decided that all women needed to get together, and in 1848 she organized the first Women’s Rights Convention in Seneca Falls, New York. It would take 72 years for her vision to become reality, but what Elizabeth started would inspire the whole women’s rights movement. Her Declaration of Sentiments inspired women like Sojourner Truth, Susan B. Anthony, and Lucy Stone, who spoke, marched, organized, and got arrested for the cause.
With all their work, women eventually gained suffrage in 1920, paving the way for women in the 20th Century and beyond!
Doreen Rappaport was born in New York City and grew up in a house full of music, as her father arranged music and her mother sang. Doreen herself played and studied the piano, and she even went to the Performing Arts School in New York City. From there she graduated from Brandeis University and started teaching music for junior high.
In 1965 everything changed for Doreen when she moved to McComb, Mississippi, to teach at a Freedom School for Black Americans. Segregation was still in force, and there she met “Black Americans who had been deprived of their rights, who were threatened with death on a daily basis, and demonstrated a kind of courage of the great mythic heroes.” This experience and the people she met in McComb inspired Doreen to give up music teaching and start writing about the kinds of people she met in that Freedom School.
Since then, Doreen has written books about people like Martin Luther King, Jr., John F. Kennedy, Eleanor Roosevelt, Helen Keller, and the Statue of Liberty (while not a “person,” she’s still a symbol!)
Doreen and her husband, artist Bob Rosegarten, live at times in New York City and at other times in upstate New York in the village of Copake Falls. They have eight grandchildren, who know a lot more about technology than they do.
Also by Doreen Rappaport:
To Dare Mighty Things : The Life of Theodore Roosevelt. Hyperion Press. 2013.
Helen’s Big World : The Life of Helen Keller. Hyperion Press. 2012.
Abe’s Honest Words : The Life of Abraham Lincoln. Hyperion Press. 2008.
Martin’s Big Words : The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Hyperion Books for Children. 2001.
Matt Faulkner was born in Winchester, Massachusetts, and he graduated in 1983 from the Rhode Island School of Design. He then went on to work at a New York ad agency in a position that wasn’t quite his cup of tea—in fact, he was about to be fired when the owner of the company caught sight of the artwork Matt doodled on his desk during lunch. Matt was instantly offered the job of drawing TV commercial storyboards—a much better fit with a much nicer office!
Since then, Matt has written over 30 children’s books, beginning with The Amazing Voyage of Jackie Grace. He enjoys writing books that are fanciful and telling stories that are historical in nature. Besides lending his artistic talent to his novels, he has also been an illustrator for Forbes, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal.
Today Matt can be found teaching illustration. He is married to librarian and fellow author Kris Remenar. They currently live in Michigan with their three children and three cats.
Also by Matt Faulkner:
Groundhog’s Dilemma. Charlesbridge Publishing. 2015.
Trick or Treat on Monster Street. Peachtree Publishing. 2008.
The Night Henry Ford Met Santa. Sleeping Bear Press. 2006.
The Ballot Box Battle by Emily Arnold McCully
Cordelia has a very unique neighbor—the woman’s suffragist Elizabeth Cady Stanton! It is the summer of 1880, and Mrs. Stanton is now old, but she hasn’t stopped fighting. When she is turned away from the ballot box, Cordelia takes matters into her own hands to take a stand for women’s rights!
Marching with Aunt Susan : Susan B. Anthony and the Fight for Women’s Suffrage by Claire Rudolf Murphy
When young Bessie is denied the opportunity to go hiking with her father and brothers just because she is a girl, she decides to attend one of Susan B. Anthony’s rallies to campaign for women’s suffrage! There Bessie learns from Aunt Susan that small efforts can result in small changes, but also in big ones for justice.
To Dare Mighty Things : The Life of Theodore Roosevelt by Doreen Rappaport
Before becoming “the man with the plan” and the “rough rider,” Theodore Roosevelt was merely known as “Teedie,” a boy with health problems. But he also had ambitious dreams to change America. As president, he took on corrupt businesses and led the way to protect the nation’s wildlife and natural beauty. He left a legacy of robust spirit, challenging others to do mighty things.